The Altadena Community Arts Center continues to roll forward as an arts venue in Altadena with the opening of its "Black History Month Exhibition", on February 2. The event featured an outstanding collection of African sculpture, including a selection on loan from WAJ Collectibles, and the works of renown contemporary American artists, Michael Massenburg, Cedric Adams, Ben Sakoguchi, Timothy Washington, and Richard Wyatt, Jr. For art lovers who missed out on the Center's "Artists From the North Exhibition", you'll not want to miss upcoming events to be announced.
The Center has a very bright future as a quality location for experiencing art. Founded by Gene and Mary Ann Stevenson, the Altadena Community Arts Center is the result of their efforts of many years to establish a fixed-facility community venue for the arts in Altadena, a place well-known as a haven for many nationally and internationally known creative individuals.
The Altadena Community Arts Center is not the first time this couple has stepped forward for love of the arts. Local theatre-goers might recall TOBA West Theatre, an equity-waiver theatre operating in Pasadena for 10-years (which won several Drama Critics Circle Awards in the process). At the time, there were few opportunities for aspiring African American actors and directors to practice their craft. True to form, in stepped the Stevensons to provide opportunities.
Next, operating out their homes, beginning in 2003, they founded the Altadena Arts Council to serve as an arts coordinating body for Altadena. Those efforts realized just enough success to continue fueling their dream of establishing a home for the arts, which was realized when the Webster family stepped forward a couple of years ago to offer use of their vacant store as location. The relationship that was established lead to the opportunity for the Stevenson's to open the Community Arts Center in the space.
The Black History Month Exhibition continues through closing on Friday, February 28th. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
An open to the public Closing Night Reception will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
As part of the exhibition, the Community Arts Center will be presenting a series of symposia on "The Art of Creating Art", each lead by an exhibiting artists.
Fine Artist/Muralist Richard Wyatt, Jr. is featured on Friday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m. The public is invited.
The Altadena Community Arts Center is located at 2460 North Lake Avenue (North Lake and Mariposa).
For information, call 626-797-5798.